2 Rescued After Car Plunges Into Icy Bolingbrook Pond

Good Samaritan tried saving driver and also fell through the ice

By Rob Elgas
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:05 PM CDT
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Two women clung to a car in an icy pond in Bolingbrook Monday night, while rescuers rushed to save them.  Rob Elgas reports.

Two women clung to a car in an icy pond in Bolingbrook Monday night, while rescuers rushed to save them. Rob Elgas reports.

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RAW: Woman's Car Plunges Into Icy Bolingbrook Pond

A Bolingbrook woman and a Good Samaritan were rescued Monday night after a car plunged into an icy pond.
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A Bolingbrook woman and a Good Samaritan were rescued Monday night after a car plunged into an icy pond in the south suburb.

Police said the car left the roadway around 6 p.m. at Avalon and Lindsey lanes and stopped moving. The vehicle broke through the ice and became partially submerged, leaving the 35-year-old driver stranded.

"Out of the corner of our eye we saw this car shoot toward the pond," witness Sherry Krabbenhoft said. 

The car began to sink, Krabbenhoft said, and the driver started screaming for help.

"We were asking her questions," Krabbenhoft said, "if anybody else was in the car. And she said that it was just her."

Moments later another witness, a 46-year-old Bolingbrook woman, made a near fatal mistake and started walking on the ice to try and save the woman.

Despite calls from others, the woman continued walking onto the pond. Seconds later she fell in.

"The woman's daughter, she started screaming when she saw he mom go under," Krabbenhoft said, "so we were trying to keep her daughter calm."

As rescuers arrived, both women clung to the car, trying to stay alive and above the water.

They were pulled to safety but suffered from hypothermia. They were taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in stable condition.

Police said the incident is under investigation.

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